Rut 2:1 There was a relative of Naomi's husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelekh (Elimelech); his name was Boaz.
Boaz was the son of Rachav the former Harlot. (See Joshua chapter 2 and Joshua chapter 6)
Matthew 1:5 Salmon begot Boaz by (Rachav) Rahab,
Boaz is the hero of the story; he will be Rut and Naomi’s kinsman redeemer.
Boaz is a picture and type of Yeshua HaMashiach.
Boaz means, “In Him is strength”.
Boaz may have been as closely related as a brother of Elimelekh.
A man of great wealth - Literally “a man of valor”
Rut 2:2-3 So Rut the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter." Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.
Glean - to pick up what the reaper has left behind.
The torah commanded the landowners to leave extra in the field for the poor and foreigners. Notice that G-d did not institute a program of government subsidy it was to be the responsibility of the people to look after the poor.
Leviticus 19:9-10 'Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you will not reap to the very corners of your field, neither will you gather the gleanings of your harvest. 'Neither will you glean your vineyard, neither will you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you will leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the L-RD your G-d. (NAS)
Leviticus 23:22 'When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you will not reap to the very corners of your field, neither gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the L-RD your G-d.' " (NAS)
Deuteronomy 24:19 "When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you will not go back to get it; it will be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the L-RD your G-d may bless you in all the work of your hands. (NAS)
Rut did not set out for Boaz’s field. She just happened to go there. Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) must have led her.
Rut 2:4 Now look, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, "The L-RD be with you!" And they answered him, "The L-RD bless you!"
Here we see an example of the godliness of Boaz and his workers. Not too many bosses in this day and age greet their workers in this way.
The second letter that corresponds to the Second chapter is Beit. Beit- house, duality as in husband and wife; division between good and evil. Here we see how the good responds to a foreigner. The L-rd loves all and wants all to come to the true faith and all to be provided for. Interesting, we later read about a house, which also fits, nicely into this chapter and the meaning of the corresponding letter.
Rut 2:5-7 Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, "Whose young woman is this?" So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, "It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. And she said, 'Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.' So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house."
Boaz must have already heard about Naomi returning with Rut but had not met her in person yet.
The head servant seems to be apologetic as he explains who Rut was.
Sheaves - these are bundles of grain ready to be transported to the threshing floor.
In the house - this is some sort of temporary shelter probably used to keep the sun off the workers while they rested.
Rut 2:8-9 Then Boaz said to Rut, "You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn."
Boaz goes beyond what the torah actually required allowing Rut to stay near his female workers, offering her water, and puts her under his protection commanding his male servants not to bother her.
Is this just the response of a G-dly man or is Boaz smitten with Rut? Hmmm… the plot thickens…
Rut 2:10 So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, "Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?"
Rut did not expect to be treated kindly.
Rut represents “the Church” the body of true believers in Yeshua. She has found mercy at the hand of Boaz who represents Yeshua. All men where made to have a personal relationship with the Father. If He is our father we will be disciplined like a son or daughter. This is out of his love for us. Did you not receive discipline from our earthly fathers? If we are not disciplined by the evil that we do we are not His children and illegitimate. (Heb. 12:8) HaShem has rules.
Romans 5:8 But G-d demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah (Christ) died for us. (NAS)
All those that wish to have a personal and truly intimate relationship with G-d can receive forgiveness from our sin. If we trust in the Son this sin can no longer keep us from a deep relationship with the One true G-d of the Bible. If one does not wish to follow the One true G-d, you are given your wish and will be separated from Him eternally. You will die in sin and be held captive in these sins. The choice is yours. HaSatan does not want you to be free from your guilt of your past. When he does this we should remind him of his future. Don’t let him bring you down with him. He does not care for you and only want to destroy you.
Rut 2:11-12 And Boaz answered and said to her, "It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The L-RD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the L-RD G-d of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge."
It has been fully reported to me - Boaz has heard the town gossip. He knows everything about Rut. This is a picture of Yeshua and how he knows all that we go through. Some days you may feel that no one cares about you or what you are going through but Yeshua does care.
Matt 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. "Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows. (NAS)
Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will take refuge; (NKJV)
Sometimes it may require sacrifices on our part. We may have to give up certain things for our own good now that may not feel like it at the moment. Most of our rewards will be given later. This life is only the very beginning of our new start with the One true G-d that will last for eternity. This is a promise. He only requires us to trust in His Word.
1 Cor 2:9-16 "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him." For to us G-d revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of G-d. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of G-d no one knows except the Spirit of G-d. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from G-d, that we might know the things freely given to us by G-d, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of G-d; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man. For who has known the mind of the L-rd, that he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Messiah (Anointed). (NAS)